A Carpenter species - (Heat Required)
The first thing you will notice about the Camponotus Discolor is that there is not much information online about them. Living fairly secluded lives deep within Alabama (and surrounding states) they keep themselves within wood nests on the forest floor. Choosing dead wood provides them with the surprisingly high moisture and humidity they need but they also nest in twigs and bark with a preference for oak or juniper trees.
Their habitat range is from Texas to Florida and as far north as Ohio. The Camponotus Discolor is a striking species of Carpenter ant, with a distinctive amber/red coloured thorax and black gaster they stand out on a trail and can be spotted easily.
Discolor are difficult founders. You will need to provide peace and quiet in the founding stage and they would benefit from this being maintained right up to around 25 to 30 workers.
For the most part they are a non-confrontational species of carpenter, choosing to feat on smaller insects and larger ones if they find them already deceased. In captivity ideal sources are fruit-flies, fly larvae e.t.c. As with most carpenters however they are highly defensive and will meet hostility with aggression.
Carpenter ants are also known by the name "Sugar Ants", this is very much true, with sweet nectar they will fill their gaster as full as possible creating some beautify translucent bands. In the wild colonies can grow to between 2000 and 5000 workers.
Although they are a rare species, they are easy to accommodate in any ant-keepers collection, their behaviours' are a wonder to watch and they will become your most viewed species rather quickly. Suited to all manner of nests making them ideal for beginners and advanced keepers alike.
This species does have formic acid and when threatened it will agitate any bite you may receive. Keep them calm and they are nothing to worry about.
Age - Up to 17 years (estimated)
Monogyne - One queen per nest
Fully Claustral - No food until first workers
Temperature & Humidity
Nest 25 to 27 Degrees | Outworld 25 to 30 Degrees
Nest 65% to 75% | Outworld 30% to 55%
Diapause / Hibernation
Minor Worker - 3.5mm to 5mm
Major Worker - 5mm to 7.5mm
Queen - 11mm to 12mm
Colony size up to 5k workers
Bite | Acid
They will bite if threatened and will use Formic Acid
Sugars, Proteins (small insects like fruit flies and fly larvae)
Always ensure a constant fresh water supply is provided
Natural, Acrylic, Ytong, Earth, Glass
Egg to Adult Worker - 8 to 10 weeks
Camponotus Discolor - Carpenter
It is illegal to release this colony into the wild in the UK, if you can no longer care for your colony please contact us immediately.
we know sometimes you will need to change the test tube or get a closer look, so we provide you with these items to help you if you need them;
- 1 x Test Tube
- 1 x Organic Bamboo Cotton Wool Bud
- 1 x Organic Cotton Wool Ball
- 1 x Magnification Card (3x Magnification)
- 1 x Species info sheet (so you have it to keep if we ever remove the species from our site when out of stock)